The BROR Project

BROR (Brahetrolleborg between the Roman Iron Age to the Age of Reforms) is a framework for a range of diverse and interdisciplinary subprojects, all working within the landscape surrounding the Brahetrolleborg Manor, north of Faaborg. The framework is run by the partnering institutions and serves to promote coordination of research and resources between the subprojects, as well as attracting new subprojects. Furthermore, the framework provides a coordinating platform between the independent research projects and the antiquarian work being carried out continuously within the project area.

Subprojects of BROR:


Haagerup Deserted Churchyard

Even if the Reformation was peaceful in Denmark, some marks were certainly left on both society and landscape. Hundreds of parish churches were disbanded, primarily for economic reasons, and one of them was the church in Haagerup. It was abandoned and demolished per Royal decree in 1555, and along with it the surrounding church yard. In collaboration with ADBOU at the University of Southern Denmark, Øhavsmuseet started to explore the site in 2017. Until now, we have conducted two international field schools on the site as well as voluntary surveys. Currently, we are fundraising for a larger field project.
Contact person at Øhavsmuseet: Poul Baltzer Heide.

On the edge

The countryside around the village of Haagerup on Southern Funen is dominated by gently rolling hills and large tracts of forests, wetland and fields. If one looks closer, the eye catches the old monastery and the castle, but underneath the soils is hidden a story of amazing wealth, unique personalities, unrest and shifting powers.
In recent years, surveys with metal detectors have brought to light a surprisingly large amount of metal finds, revealing new heights of the economic resources and power of the area between the Roman Iron Age and the Middle Ages. In this project, we employ a multi-proxy approach to combine the artefacts and landscapes of already known sites with a range of newly discovered sites, analyzing them together to track the socio-economic developments in the period between 0 and 1200 AD. The material has allowed us to identify not just how the connection between landscape, monumentality and power shifted between the eras, but also how different this connection was manifested even within the same periods in a small area. We are able to identify bog iron to be a likely source of this wealth, and we can demonstrate how the shifts in local vs. national government led to a complete remodeling of the landscape of power during the early Middle Ages.
The project has been conducted by Nicolai Garhøj Larsen and Poul Baltzer Heide.

DEVICE (Deep Village Community Based Exploration)

The DEVICE-project explores the development and materiality of the historical village, in close contact with the local community. The project is carried out in cooperation with Aarhus University, and methodologically based on the British CORS-project with its own subsite.

From Grange to Estate

This project explores the transition at Brahetrolleborg from monastic to vernacular estate over the course of the 16-18th centuries. Unique written sources reveal a structure of granges associated with the monastery, likely dating to the early Middle Ages, that was continued to various degrees well into the Baroque.
The project is conducted by Tissel Lund-Jacobsen and Poul Baltzer Heide.

The Sacral Landscape of Brahetrolleborg

This project explored the sacral aspects of the landscape around Brahetrolleborg from a visual point of view. The projects demonstrated a high degree of permanence even across eras, continuing up onto the present. The results were presented in STAVN in 2018.

Museum for inner and outer landskapes.
Your entrance to history.